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Re: Fwd: WikiLeaks inspired "New media haven" proposalpasses Parliament
Hi Liam,

We're not (looking to set up a new data centre in Europe). We're planning a second US data centre, likely in Virginia. Mark Bergsma's in the office this week, leaving to scout out possibilities with Danese, tonight. They, or someone else involved with tech, can probably talk more about that, if you want specifics :-)

Thanks,
Sue
-----Original Message-----
From: Liam Wyatt <liamwyatt@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 20:12:08
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List<foundation-l@lists.wikimedia.org>
Subject: [Foundation-l] Fwd: WikiLeaks inspired "New media haven" proposal
passes Parliament

Thought people here might be interested in this.
We should be at that conference (last bullet point) IMO.
Are we looking to set up a new data-centre in Europe?

-Liam [[witty lama]]

wittylama.com/blog
Peace, love & metadata


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Julian Assange <julian@wikileaks.org>
Date: 16 June 2010 19:34
Subject: WikiLeaks inspired "New media haven" proposal passes Parliament
To: liamwyatt@gmail.com


FYI:

Reykjavik, Iceland; 4:00 UTC, June 16th 2010.

The WikiLeaks advised proposal to build an international
"new media haven" in Iceland, with the world's strongest
press and whistleblower protection laws, and a "Nobel" prize for
for Freedom of Expression, has unaminously passed the
Icelandic Parliament.

50 votes were cast in favor, zero against, one abstained. Twelve
members of parliament were not present. Vote results are available
at http://www.althingi.is/dba-bin/atkvgr.pl?nnafnak=43014

One of the inspirations for the proposal was the dramatic August 2009
gagging of
of Iceland's national broadcaster, RUV by Iceland's then largest bank,
Kaupthing:

http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Financial_collapse:_Confidential_exposure_analysis_of_205_companies_each_owing_above_EUR45M_to_Icelandic_bank_Kaupthing,_26_Sep_2008

Two changes were made to the proposal from its original form as per
the opinion of the parliament's general affairs committee
[http://www.althingi.is/altext/138/s/1329.html]. The first of these
altered slightly the wording of the first paragraph so as to widen
the arena for research. The second of these added two new items to
the list of tasks for the government:

- That the government should perform a detailed analysis,
especially with respect to operational security,
for the prospect of operating data centers in Iceland.

- That the government should organize an international conference
in Iceland regarding the changes to the legal environment being caused
by expansion of cloud computing, data havens, and the judicial state
of the Internet.

Video footage from the proposal's vote will be available at:

http://www.althingi.is/altext/hlusta.php?raeda=rad20100616T033127&horfa=1

http://www.althingi.is/altext/hlusta.php?raeda=rad20100616T033306&horfa=1

For details of the proposal and press contacts, please see
http://www.immi.is
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